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A proposal for the evaluation appliance of understanding in Brazilian Sign Language (LIBRAS) by deaf students

Grant number: 20/12045-2
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): January 01, 2021
Effective date (End): December 31, 2022
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Education - Educational Planning and Evaluation
Principal researcher:Cristina Broglia Feitosa de Lacerda
Grantee:Joice Raquel Lemes de Freitas
Home Institution: Centro de Educação e Ciências Humanas (CECH). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil


Based on a research previously carried out in partnership between the University of Barcelona, Spain and the Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil, which consisted on the elaboration of a proposal for a tool to assess understanding in Catalan sign language by deaf students, it was elaborated also in Brazil a similar tool, the "Libras comprehension assessment tool" (FACLibras), which aims to assess the understanding of deaf students in Brazilian sign language- Libras, using a fable and a list of 15 questions both narrated in Pounds. From a pilot application carried out, it was possible to see a great potential of FACLibras to contribute to the teaching-learning process of Libras by deaf students, as well as to guide teachers of the deaf in the development of pedagogical practices that take into account the level of understanding of this language, that their students find themselves. However, it is necessary to continue the preparation of this evaluation proposal, since it still needs adjustments and improvement. Therefore, the objective of this study is to adapt and repair problems related to the form and content of the tool, seeking its improvement. At the end of the study, we intend to apply the tool to deaf students in order to verify its performance. The relevance of this research is the fact that school practices with deaf students, despite being titled bilingual, in general, emphasizes activities with the Portuguese language, relegating the work with sign language to a second level. In this sense, providing ways of monitoring and evaluating the use and understanding of this language by deaf students can favor better quality education for this audience. (AU)

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